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Birk eager to serve as a mentor to Gradkowski
Birk eager to serve as a mentor to Gradkowski

When the Ravens selected Gino Gradkowski, an interior lineman from Delaware, in last month’s NFL draft, their intention was to groom him to eventually become the successor to Matt Birk. Gradkowski, a fourth-round pick, has said that he is eager to pick the veteran center’s brain. And on Monday night, Birk said he would gladly teach Gradkowski whatever he wants to learn. “I’m very much looking forward to working with him,” Birk said. “I remember my first year in the league and second year in the league, the other guys -- and they didn’t have to -- looked out for me, took time to teach me and watch me and tell me what they saw. It’s great...

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